Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Top 10 IP in China cases according to Beijing High Court

1. TOEFL exam paper copyright
Beijing-based New Oriental Education Group infringed copyrights of the exam papers for the TOEFL-tests (Test of English as a Foreign Language) developed by the US-based Educational Testing Service. New Oriental was ordered to pay 10 million yuan (US$1.2 million), see here. But then it appealed and was ordered by the Beijing High People's Court to pay ETS 3.7 million yuan (US$456,000). Read more here.

2. Montagut trademark
Beijing No 2 Intermediate People's Court ruled that two Guangzhou-based companies had to pay compensation of 350,000 yuan (US$43,000) to the French firm Bonneterie Cevenole SARL for trademark infringement over the name Montagut. It was at least the third time that domestic courts ruled favorably for Bonneterie Cevenole SARL.

3. Dunhill trademark, see here
4. Patent for hot pressing and sealing technique for glass and metal
5. Digital library of Beijing Sursen Company
6. Trade secrets of a hundred-year old maker of Chinese ink
7. Beijing Liyafangzhou's photo stickers software
8. Trademark of the Hongshi group
9. Pain killer for neck and waist diseases
10. Founder's software for Chinese font

IP Dragon will try to find more info about the other cases.

Source: PeopleDaily. Found via Beijing International here.

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